The shell stitch is a beautiful and versatile pattern that creates a scalloped edge effect, making it perfect for creating elegant and stylish skirts. Here’s a basic pattern for you to follow:
- Worsted weight yarn (color of your choice)
- Crochet hook appropriate for your yarn (usually a size H/5.0mm or I/5.5mm hook works well)
- Yarn needle
- Elastic band (for waistband)
Size: This pattern is written for an adult size small, with adjustments for medium and large sizes indicated in parentheses where necessary.
Pattern: Skirt Body: Note: The pattern is worked in rounds. Do not turn at the end of each round.
- Foundation: Start with a chain that is a multiple of 6 stitches, plus an additional 2 stitches for turning.
- Round 1: Double crochet in the 4th chain from hook (counts as first double crochet), skip 2 chains, in the next chain work (2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet), skip 2 chains, double crochet in the next chain; repeat from * to * across, ending with a double crochet in the last chain, chain 2, and join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain of the starting chain.
- Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), in the chain-2 space of the previous round work (2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet), double crochet in the space between the next shell; repeat from * to * around, ending with a double crochet in the last space between shells, chain 2, and join.
- Rounds 3-10: Repeat Round 2.
For a larger size, continue repeating Round 2 until the desired length is reached. You can customize the length by adding more rounds.
- Waistband Round 1: After completing the desired length of the skirt body, chain 2 (counts as first half double crochet), half double crochet in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the top of the first half double crochet.
- Waistband Round 2: Chain 2 (counts as first half double crochet), half double crochet in each stitch around, join.
- Fasten off and weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.
- Attach the elastic band to the waistband by evenly distributing it along the inside of the waistband. You can sew it in place securely using a needle and thread.
And there you have it, a simple shell stitch crochet skirt! Feel free to adjust the pattern to your desired length, size, and style preferences. You can also add embellishments such as a decorative border or appliqués to make it uniquely yours. Happy crocheting!